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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: Pup
« Last post by sKePTiKal on June 10, 2024, 08:49:05 AM »
Pups (and kitties) will do that because they're trying to take care of you - bringing you food and teaching you to hunt.

LOLOL. Ain't reciprocity GREAT? more LOLOLOLOL.
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: The Lake House
« Last post by lighter on June 10, 2024, 07:53:53 AM »
It's raining and that's good for driving solar light spik s into the ground.  Also good for the fruit trees and grass.  Mowing yesterday was a very dusty affair. 

The dock has had 3 failed pressure washing attempts made with only the ceiling cleaned.  I can put up solar lights now, sans wasp and spiders.  I enjoy watching the birds, who's nests remain tucked away, safe and in tact. 

I likely can't drive to the out building in the mud today, which is a bummer.  Lots to do.

Onward and upward.  Guests arrive July 2nd. I work with the maids on the 1st.

Lighter
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: Pup
« Last post by lighter on June 10, 2024, 07:28:14 AM »
Oh, Hops.....the little bunny got the best care.  I wasn't bored reading all that.  I was on the edge of my seat ...and procrastinating for a minute at the lake house. 

Pup isn't a murderer, btw.  Just following his programming.  I hope his desire to please (you) takes over.

The situation sounded very stressful.
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: The island
« Last post by lighter on June 10, 2024, 07:20:27 AM »
Well....
the patio door rusted off it's hinges. 
The last guests put it back and bolted it shut...a group of guys, apparently strong and not easily flustered.

They had a great trip.  Sounded like little kids with an ice cream.  Fishing and enjoying the Cottage, which requires a bit of ex-pat spirit, if I'm honest.

Not for everyone, but perfect for some.

Lighter
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: Pup
« Last post by Hopalong on June 09, 2024, 04:02:23 PM »
[Longwinded account of a very minor thing, so don't waste energy. Just benefitted from writing it out, fwiw.]

Well, Pup is a terrorist. While he's looking all handsome and charming, he is plotting murder. He found a baby bunny and dumped it on the step as he scooted back inside, all "who, me?". The next day he re-found it and I got the poor thing away from him. Holding it, I was surprised that it looked perfect, just quiet...then turned it over and found a horrible slash across its belly/torso. Oddly no bleeding, but it looked like what a sharp puppy tooth could do. No visible puncture or stuff hanging out though, so I took it in, looked up stuff and put it in a small box on a soft towel, with a heating pad under part of the box.

Called a rehabber twice, no luck. By two days I'd had enough (all sources said no food or water, leave in quiet with heat source) -- so I'd just be imagining this lovely hurt young creature dying alone dehydrated in my kitchen. I drove (with an excited Pup as distracting passenger --- couple hair-raising swerves on the interstate) to the best wildlife center there is. We went over the mountain and they said they'd be glad to treat it, push antibiotics etc. To fix that wound surgically would take VERY tiny stitches. Big relief. I was afraid it'd die on the way.

A last thing I love about this org is they give you a patient number for the wildlife you bring in, so you can inquire how they're doing in a few days. Lovely idea.

Anyway, this was long and prolly boring, so feel NO need to reply!

hugs
Hops
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Pup therapy plus poetry sounds like the BEST recipe for my summer, Tupp!

Thanks, hon.

xxoo
hugs
Hops
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: Captain's Log - 2024
« Last post by sKePTiKal on June 07, 2024, 09:47:36 AM »
Redbuds have bloomed a month ago Hops. There is about a mile section of highway lined with redbuds that's glorious each spring. Last year a storm "pruned" many of them, but the blooms were still impressive.

Hol's new guy has spent the last 2 nights here with her. I've hardly heard a peep from her the whole time! <big smiles!> He's on his way south for a week's vaca with his family. Apparently, his ability to talk is meeting her needs and lessening her reliance on me. Fingers crossed, he's meeting her needs in other ways too. There was a problem with the new main gate in the fence, just installed. He did help her temporarily rig it. Contractor will be out tomorrow to permanently correct the situation.

Got plants in the soft garden dirt, B tilled. Temps will be cool enough for me to get some seeds in too. Deliveries for the studio are arriving and B is handling the plumbing for same.

Got an employee at the shop transgressing boundaries of decision hierarchy. Bless her heart - she's trying to help - but way out of her sandbox. Bro & I talked and are on the same page. His intuition is about like mine on what her motivation is. But he also gave me a very nice compliment - said my reply was clear, firm and informed her of where the boudary is... when he showed it to my nephew, his comment was: it must be nice to have a smart sister!  <big smiles again> That's not something I've ever heard much of from my family. Feels warm & fuzzy!
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: Captain's Log - 2024
« Last post by Hopalong on June 07, 2024, 08:54:00 AM »
Wow to you both, plus dogs.
Sounding overall very new-life-in-spring on the mountain, which I'll bet is just gorgeous at the mo'...trees blooming....do you have redbuds?

Happy to hear of Hol's excitement too. Cautious and slow sound good and she sounds like she's being in the present, step by step.

Fingers crossed!

hugs
Hops
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Voicelessness and Emotional Survival Message Board / Re: Captain's Log - 2024
« Last post by sKePTiKal on June 06, 2024, 08:53:41 AM »
And I STILL need to plant!!!!!!!!!!!  <frowny face!>

My day(s) get hijacked by other people's needs for me to do things or spend time with them. That's on me, I know. And it rained the past 2 days. Now I've got orders rolling in for studio; except for custom cabinets that are delayed, 'coz his little boy - a toddler - broke his leg. Totally understand the baby comes first. It's not like we're at the point we're waiting around for them, to complete the room. Lots to do before then.

Hol & I have worked out a better dogsitting arrangement, now that she has a fence. Better for dogs, me, and B.

And she's met someone who's lit her up like a Christmas tree. They spent last Sat together, talking till the wee hours. We met him briefly and he is confident enough in himself to chat amiably. (Big change from S.) Works in the medical tech field; assistive technology. Recently bought a property near here, that he is going to attempt renovating. Knows dogs well, his dad trained sled dogs. She describes him as a person with sense of humor like hers, and an intentional, disciplined mentality - exercises & practices moderation; thinks before he speaks... that kind of thing. He's her age; reasonably attractive to her. She is intentionally taking it slow with him and he's respecting that. She understands the double-edged sword of "hope".

So, one foot in front of the other and moving on around here.
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Puppy sounds like he'll be a good distraction if things get intense when your friend visits, Hops :)

I have found it very difficult to disentangle myself from friends when they're hell bent on staying in whichever loop they're in.  It's different when someone's in a situation they can't get out of - bereavement, for example.  Or if they're working their way through it all and need some help with that.  But watching people self destruct, brush themselves down and go back for more is hard.  Especially when they're in a situation they could walk away from.  But - we've all got our situations to deal with.  Hopefully it will be a nice few days with plenty of puppy fun and poetry.  Maybe not too much of the heavy stuff xx
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